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External links: environment


SEA / SA – guidance on Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal (Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities) — This site seeks to provide a gateway to the latest information on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA).It includes a section on Minerals and Waste.

Government Departments/Agencies

Cadw — The historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs — The UK government department responsible for the environment, for food and farming and rural matters.

DOE The Department of the Environment Northern Ireland — Northern Ireland’s environmental regulator.

Historic England — Protects and promotes England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood.

Natural England — Promotes the conservation of England's wildlife and natural features. Link to minerals and aggregates sector analysis.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency — Scotland’s environmental regulator.

NatureScot - Scotlands Nature Agency — Protects Scotland’s natural heritage, helps people to enjoy and value it, and encourages people to use it sustainably.

The Environment Agency — The leading public organisation for monitoring, protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It regulates industry, maintains flood defences and water resources, and improves wildlife habitats, in addition to many other activities.

Industry Sustainability Pages

Aggregate Industries UK

Breedon Group


Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group

Mineral Product Association (MPA)



Interest Group

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) — Promotes the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.

Friends of the Earth — One of the leading environmental pressure groups in the UK.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds — A bird conservation organisation that aims to protect birds and the environment. The RSPB have worked with the minerals industry to help gain insight into the potential contribution of the minerals industry to biodiversity in England.


British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) — Provides a forum for discussion if industry issues, provides information and services to assist members' companies.

CIRIA – Construction Recycling Sites — A database of construction-related recycling sites that accept or sell materials.

FCC Environment — A waste management company providing environmentally effective processing, recycling and disposal services for local authority and private commercial customers. — Information, prices and links for recycling and waste management. Glass, ferrous and non-ferrous metals included.

UK Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) — Alupro encourages and develops recycling collection initiatives, provides consumer education, and represents the aluminium packaging industry to government.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) — An information service established to provide free information on recycling and waste management in the UK. Aggregates and secondary aggregates included.

Research Council

United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI) — UKRI is a non-departmental public body of UK Government that directs research and innovation funding, funded through the science budget of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It provides BGS research funding through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Nature After Minerals — A web resource for anyone interested in restoration. Has Mapping Tools, Case Studies and Habitat Advice.

Sustainable development

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — UK data for for the SDGs.

International Council on Mining and Metals — Brings together many of the world's largest mining and minerals companies. This leadership exercise aims to ensure that an industry which is essential to the well-being of a changing world is responsive to global needs and challenges.